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William Bjornstad (#47016546)
 member for 6 years, 7 months, 18 days
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Bio Photo I was born in South Bend IN and raised in Elkhart IN, and moved to southwestern Illinois, near St Louis MO, after a four-year tour with the US Air Force when I graduated from high school. I have always been fascinated by cemeteries ever since I was a young child, especially small family cemeteries. In the last 30-plus years, I have delved into my family genealogy on my father's (Bjornstad) and mother's (Denson) side. My paternal grandfather, Kristian Bjornstad, immigrated from Norway in the early 1900s, eventually settling in eastern North Dakota. His oldest brother had an interest in the Bjornstad genealogy and he compiled the family record into a book and had it published in Oslo Norway in 1943, which traces the family origins to the first king of Norway. I have used it as a reference when submitting memorials for my father's ancestors on Find A Grave. On my mother's side, a distant cousin, Dr. Marion E. Denson of Columbia TN (now deceased) published a genealogy book in 1997 on the Denson families in America, tracing them back to the mid-1600s, when a William Denson came from England and settled in southern Virginia, near the present-day city of Norfolk. This book has been a great source of reference for my Find A Grave memorials pertaining to my Denson ancestors. Additionally, I want to give special thanks to Ronald C. Denson of Birmingham AL (now deceased) who also compiled a genealogy of my Denson ancestors which was very helpful.

I also want to give special thanks to my wife, Angela Bjornstad, for her help in formatting the photos that I have posted to Find A Grave.

I am acceptable to transferring memorials on Find A Grave to anyone who requests them and who is a direct descendant of the person whose memorial I have posted. If I have incorrectly stated any information for any memorial that I have posted, please contact me through the Find A Grave message board or E-mail me and I will gladly make the necessary correction(s). Also, I do not object if anyone posts pictures to any memorials that I created and still manage.

I do not have the ability to instantly make any changes or corrections to the Famous memorials that I have posted. Only the Find A Grave administrators can do that. If you should find an error on any Famous memorial that is credited to me, please contact and provide them with the required changes/corrections.
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Elkhart High School Class... (27)
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pam carpenter
Helicon Group
I have a Helicon Group Page on Facebook, nothing on findagrave.

Added by pam carpenter on Jan 26, 2015 8:42 PM
Kenneth Gilbert
RE: Coin Designers
I tried Bobb.... Gave examples too. I've had some go after being turned down for "not famous" the first time. Never tried it with a second turndown. I have kept banging away at ones when the rejection was for "not good enough". The challenge has been getting ones upgraded. Bio almost always gets accepted right away--but lately, I've not been too sucessful with getting it upgraded--and we are not given any feedback unless we are the manager (and sometimes not even then). So I never know if it's ignored, not famous, or not good enough.
Added by Kenneth Gilbert on Jan 26, 2015 2:11 PM
Kenneth Gilbert
RE: Coin Designers
Might help if you sent them a note recommending him. Since you did the others, they might listen. I've tried twice and also sent direct appeals, which were ignored. I'm about done. Now if he were only an obscure opera singer....

Gasparro was a friend of my dad's (he was an industrial heat-treating engineer and sold the Mint furnaces for annealing of dies, etc.). I got to visit both the old mint on Spring garden St. and the new (current one) and got to go *way* behind the scened a couple of times--and also met him. I was inches from an active coining press (boy how things have changed!) at the old mint and got to see a galvino in a reducing maching where a die was being engraved. No camera, of course.... My dad was there when the second inauguration Nixon medal was unveiled to the staff to get everyone's opinion.

So this one is a little personal.
Added by Kenneth Gilbert on Jan 26, 2015 1:46 PM
Kenneth Gilbert
Coin Designers
How did you get yours accepted? I keep getting Gasparro rejected as "not famous" (not "not good enough"). I am baffled.
Added by Kenneth Gilbert on Jan 26, 2015 12:49 PM
pam carpenter
Thanks! I don't know if you noticed that I "Borrowed" some of your Denson photos for my Helicon Page.
Added by pam carpenter on Jan 26, 2015 10:19 AM
pam carpenter
Bill: Would you consider transferring my parents and brother's memorials at Liberty to me?

Carl James
Barbara Adair James
Bruce James


Pam James Carpenter
Added by pam carpenter on Jan 25, 2015 7:27 PM
pam carpenter
Geneva H. James
Would you consider transferring my grandmother's memorial to me?

I would like to manage the account of her and my Grandpa Lewis James at Liberty.


Added by pam carpenter on Jan 25, 2015 7:26 PM
pam carpenter
My grandfather is Lewis H. James. Would you transfer management of his account to me?


Pam James Carpenter
Added by pam carpenter on Jan 25, 2015 7:22 PM
Joy LeMay
Thank you
On behalf of General Curtis Emerson LeMay and family.
Added by Joy LeMay on Jan 14, 2015 10:09 PM
Stanley Baker
memorial 909622799
Doc Watson was my second cousin. His grandmother and my grandfather were brother and sister. I met Doc at the Stony Fork Baptist Church on one of my trips from Ohio. The family has always been so proud of him. A transfer of his memorial would be appreciated. I only enter or manage memorials of my family and ancestors.
Added by Stanley Baker on Jan 11, 2015 1:01 PM
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